Obama's Asia-Pacific tour whips up nuclear arms race
Using its renewed strategy, approved in 2011, Washington is trying to block its opponents in the Asian-Pacific region and strengthen its military and political influence there as part of its efforts to establish America’s hegemony in Asia and the Pacific, citing the alleged nuclear and missile threats and alleged provocations on the part of North Korea, the ministry said.
US Secretary of State John Kerry, during his trips to Seoul and Beijing earlier this year, reiterated Washington’s decision to go ahead with joint US-South Korean military exercises as planned despite top-level contacts between Pyongyang and Seoul, the statement said.
The aim of such exercises, held on a regular basis and constantly expanding in scale, is to build up pressure on North Korea, which compels Pyongyang to bolster its nuclear deterrence forces and self-defense, the ministry said. It urged Washington to revise its hostile policy towards Pyongyang while it’s not too late.
The US has issued a strong warning to China not to escalate territorial tensions in the Asia-Pacific region, or otherwise it would face sanctions similar to those the US had imposed on Russia over Crimea.
While speaking to a meeting of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the US assistant secretary of state for East Asia, Daniel Russel, said that the recent sanctions against Russia imposed by the US and EU should have "a chilling effect on anyone in China who might contemplate the Crimea annexation as a model," Reuters reports. While speaking to a meeting of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the US assistant secretary of state for East Asia, Daniel Russel, said that the recent sanctions against Russia imposed by the US and EU should have "a chilling effect on anyone in China who might contemplate the Crimea annexation as a model."
In response, the Chinese Foreign Ministry accused Russel of confusing two different issues and reiterated that the Chinese stance on the matter would remain unchanged.
This piece of diplomatic fencing was inspired by the fact that China had recently deployed a number of war ships in the disputed waters with the Philippines, which in turn filed a complaint against China.
Russel commented that the US considered this "to be intimidating steps." He noted that though the US had no intention to interfere in China's territorial disputes, it couldn't but caution China against making any wrong moves, especially taking into account the US defense cooperation agreements with the Philippines, South Korea and Japan.
"The president of the United States and the Obama administration is firmly committed to honoring our defense commitments to our allies," Russel stated, although he did not specify in what way the US was going to "honor" its commitments.
If this means imposing sanctions similar to those imposed on Russia over Crimea, it is unlikely to have any effect on China, just the way it had no effect on Russia's firm position on Crimea.April 22, President Obama's official tour of Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines begins. He is supposed to reassure these countries of America's support for strategic and economic partnerships in the Asia-Pacific region
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